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    Senior Member leroybrown's Avatar
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    Skinny Hammock

    Well, first of all I am proud to say that I have not slept in my bed for about two weeks.

    As I have been spending all this time in my DIY hammock, I have noticed how much of the material that makes up my hammock goes unused. My hammock is probably 54 inches wide, far wider than I think that I need. It's way long, too.

    What is the shortest, skinniest (LIGHTEST) hammock you've all seen or discussed?

    I'm 5'10 and about a buck eighty - I would like a very lightweight hammock just to bring on the trail for quick stops.

    whatcha think?

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    Hmm... take a look at the Grand trunk Nano7 hammock

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    ps sounds like the hammock bug bit you hard
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    Mine's right around 46" and I love it.... No materials up in your face most of the time and still very comfomy...
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    Smallest gathered-end one I've made (for myself @ 6'2") has a finished size of about 92" long by 42" wide. It's okay for relaxing or for a short nap, but a bit small for serious sleeping. Never did weigh it, though it was single layer 1.9 (give or take) material.
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    Mine is 54" of suplex which feels a little small to me and i'm 5'9" x 180. personally I like to be able to move around a lot.

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    If you are looking for the hammock with the minimum amount of fabric, check out Bridge Hammocks. They use the minimum amount of fabric for a given user height and width.

    Bridge Hammock are not for everybody, but for those that can use them, you minimize the fabric used.

    Here's how TeeDee explained it to me once or twice or more:

    Imagine laying on the ultimate diagonal in a gathered end hammock, at 90 degrees to the tree to tree line.

    Look at all of that fabric to your left and right and above you connecting the fabric under you to the suspension.

    Now imagine cutting off all of the excess fabric from just above yourself to the gathered end, make the cut in an arc and put webbing or rope along the arc to support you.

    Extend the webbing or rope beyond the fabric edges and turn the whole thing 90 degrees so that your head and feet now point at the trees.

    Now extend the arc webbing or rope to the trees and secure. You have eliminated a lot of fabric and essentially have the Bridge Hammock.

    Refinements include spreader bars and suspension triangle.

    The original Bridge Hammock (patented, patent expired long ago) just used four posts/trees, no spreader bars or suspension triangle.

    If you duel purpose the spreader bars using hiking poles, you have reduced the weight a fair amount. Even using special purpose spreader bars like carbon fiber or bamboo, you can still reduce the weight over a gathered end hammock.

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